Astronomers Discover Spock's Planet Vulcan

Exoplanet Discovered that Orbits a Star Identified with the Science Officer from Star Trek

Image of Vulcan Provided by University of Florida

Spock's Home Planet Vulcan Discovered

No aliens spotted so far but University of Florida astronomers have discovered an exoplanet orbiting a star - 40 Eridani A, a star known to "Star Trek" movie fans as the host star of Science Officer Spock's home planet Vulcan.

Vulcan the Exoplanet

The exoplanet is 16 light years away from the Earth and located in constellation Eridanus.  What's most intriguing is that the planet orbits the sun-like star, just inside the zone where water and life could exist.

Innovative Space Discovery

The University of Florida team wasn't looking for the exoplanet. They found it through their planetary research explorations.  The exoplanet is two times the size of the Earth and it's the closest super Earth orbiting a sun-like star. The lead researcher, Dr. Jian Ge hopes the International Astronomical Union will name it Vulcan in honor of the inspiration that Star Trek has sparked for so many. By the way,  Leonard Nemoy starred as Spock in Star Trek.